This is an impressive example of a Continental assembled Revolutionary War era musket using a mixture of French parts and marked with "US" surcharge marks on top of the barrel at the breech, on the tail of the lock, and branded on the left flat of the American walnut stock. Page 295 of George D. Moller's book "American Military Shoulder Arms Volume I" states, "... tens of thousands of French muskets were repaired and rebuilt in America during the [Revolutionary] war. Additional tens of thousands were fabricated from imported French metal components. Also, many more thousands would continue to be repaired and rebuilt at various U.S. repositories during the remainder of the 18th century." Similar examples are shown and described in the "American-Assembled Muskets" section of the aforementioned book. Features a top mounted bayonet lug towards the muzzle, a full length early French barrel, a Model 1766 style front barrel band without sight, three iron barrel bands, and an early Model 1728 French lock. Sling swivels located on the middle band and front of the trigger guard. "IB" inspection initials marked in the stock behind the lower tang. Initials "IG" carved into the left of the buttstock. "GDM" (George D. Moller) collection initials marked at the toe of the stock. Includes a socket bayonet (loose fit, oversized socket diameter for this musket) and a later Swiss leather sling. Provenance: The George Moller Collection
Fair, exhibiting a mix of refinished brown finish and brown patina, scattered light pitting, moderate flash pitting, and scattered mild pitting on the lock. Stock is good as lightly sanded and re-oiled with attractive stripes, some scattered light dents and scratches, some cracks behind the barrel bands, a mild chip and some cracks on the left flat, a discreetly repaired section ahead of the top front of the lock, a crack running between the front of the trigger guard final and bottom front of the lock, some cracks ahead of the buttplate tang, and crisp markings. Included bayonet is fair with scattered mild pitting. This is an attractive example of a Continental assembled "US" surcharged musket that would make a fine addition to any early U.S. Martial or Revolutionary War era collection!
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